Lot 56 

West 'McDonald's Ranges'

Ivy Pareroultja

Watercolour on fast food package
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About the Artist

Ivy was born at Hermannsburg in 1952, the daughter of well-known watercolour artist Edwin Pareroultja. Ivy’s father and his two brothers Reuben and Otto were part of the original Hermannsburg Watercolour movement and were all skilled watercolour artists. As a young woman, Ivy learnt to paint in this style and developed a gift for watercolour landscapes. Ivy moved to Alice Springs in 1994 and continues to paint in the tradition of her father and uncles. Her work uses bold colours successfully creating emotive depictions of the Central Desert landscape. Ivy’s work is extremely popular and has been acquired by institutions such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

About the Work

Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art centre, home to the "Namatjira watercolour artists", continues the tradition of the ‘Hermannsburg School’ movement.

The 'fast food' pieces came about through artists wanting to express their concerns about fast food through art. With this body of work, supported by the mentorship of leading Australian artist Tony Albert, the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Artists have juxtaposed their traditional watercolour style, and beautiful landscapes with powerful political and social statements.These are highly sought-after pieces, examples of which have been acquired by the National Museum of Australia. 

The artists say:

"We want to send strong messages through our art. We have health and housing concerns. Through our paintings we want to discuss care for country, and problems that we face daily. We are concerned about the future of our children. First, we feel that large food companies trade on our country and sell us sugary products. This causes health problems including diabetes, kidney failures, and the need for dialysis. We feel that those companies are lying to us about the quality of their products and taking advantage of our vulnerability. We would like to see better products in our shops. This [our artworks] is telling people we’ve got bush food out there and healthy ones. Second, we want to move back to our country, look after it and live in a good environment. This is for our kids; we’ve got to try to look after the next generation."

Ivy describes this piece as follows: "I don't buy them junk foods, because I'd get sick. I love damper, bush kangaroos, vegetables, and fishing at Finke River. I painted the area going towards Ormiston Gorge. It is the dreaming of the two possums. The possums are going towards the waterhole."

Notable Collections

National Gallery of Australia

Art Gallery of NSW

Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs

Museum & Art Gallery of NT

Art Gallery of South Australia

Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

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